The idea that we can meet our energy needs entirely through wind turbines, solar power and the like is for the birds. New nuclear will have to be part of the mix and, unfortunately, the UK’s record on this front is abysmal. The role of nuclear power in the UK’s energy strategy is under discussion at the highest level in government. Talks are taking place in the context of a new ten-point plan to hit zero carbon emissions in the next 30 years, expected later this month. A decision looms on another, Sizewell C, in Suffolk, which is opposed by protesters who say it threatens ecology and wildlife. Boris Johnson, however, is said to be close to giving it the green light. The UK’s flagship engineering company, Rolls-Royce, however, has big ambitions for its Small Modular Reactors (SMRs). If its sales pitch is to be believed, SMRs could save the UK’s nuclear industry and also Rolls-Royce itself, whose aero engines business has been flattened by Covid. Rolls claims that, with the right government backing, building SMRs will create 6,000 jobs over five years.
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